Equal Access to the Academic Experience

OHSU is committed to providing equal access to qualified students who experience a disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (ADA), as amended in 2008 (ADAAA).

As defined by the ADA and ADAAA, a person with a disability has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Some examples of major life activities include: performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A qualified student is a person who meets the academic and technical standards for admission and participation in a particular program of study, with or without reasonable accommodations.  The Office for Student Access (OSA) makes determinations and collaborates with academic programs to implement academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or program modifications, also known as reasonable accommodations.

The OSA works with students with disabilities across all OHSU educational programs and campuses.  Each school also has an assigned Program Accommodation Liaison (PAL), who acts as an "in-house" resource for students and faculty concerning student access, once accommodations are established.